Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Charro Negro |

Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Charro Negro

by Jeanne McGovern

Make it

2 ounces tequila

1 ½ ounce cola

Fresh lime juice

Sea salt

Lime wheel for garnish

Rim a glass with salt and fill with ice. Add lime juice, cola and tequila. Add a pinch of salt and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve.

We are a nation that loves a holiday. There’s National Grandparent’s Day and National Secretary’s Day and even National Donut Day (the first Friday in June, in case you’re wondering). So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn that July 24 marks yet another day worth celebrating — National Tequila Day. So in the honor of Gunilla Asher, who created this column and was a true tequila aficionado, this week’s Libation is a tequila drink. And while we could have gone with a shot (as Gunner would have done), or a margarita (see the Steamboat Sambrero in the June 19 edition), we decided to branch out a bit. So move over Cuba Libre, we’re serving up the Charro Negro, which is a basic cocktail of tequila (instead of rum), coke and lime, with the added twist of salt on the rim. A whole new way to enjoy tequila on a day dedicated to one of our favorite spirits.

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